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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Postgame recap - May 9

Final score: Reading 5, Trenton 1 

Synopsis: This was Jon Pettibone's game, period. The Reading righty handcuffed the Thunder for 8 2/3 innings until Melky Mesa's homer in the ninth broke up the shutout and ended Pettibone's outing. Lisalberto Bonilla got the final out. Reading's Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer and a two-run single to provide the bulk of the R-Phils' offense. 

Bright spots: Mesa's home run was his seventh on the season, putting him in the lead in the Eastern League. He's hitting .310/.383/.595 over his last 10 games, with three doubles and three home runs. Perhaps, at 25, he's finally turning the corner and actualizing his immense tools. 

Against everybody but Darin Ruf, Shaeffer Hall put together a great outing. Overall, he lasted seven innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk. He whiffed three and threw 56 of his 79 pitches for strikes. 

Oddity: Abraham Almonte was called out in the fifth inning after it was ruled that his bunt was struck while he had a foot out of the batter's box. It's not the 1-4 popout from the other day, but it's still pretty darn strange.

Picks to Click: Here's my game story from Wednesday.

Flicks to Click: Here's a video of Melky Mesa going deep in the top of the ninth against Jonathan Pettibone.


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